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Our O’Fallon cosmetic dentists utilize a number of different treatment options and methods to rejuvenate our patients’ smiles.  One of the most versatile of these treatment options is probably cosmetic veneers. We use veneers to correct many different aesthetic dental problems, and they are always customized to complement the patient’s smile and natural teeth.

 

What are dental veneers?

 

Dental veneers are thin layers of porcelain. These porcelain pieces cover the outside of a patient’s tooth (or multiple teeth) to give the appearance of a white, smooth, unblemished tooth surface. Veneers are made of porcelain because porcelain refracts and reflects light similarly to dental enamel, and because porcelain is quite strong when it is bonded to natural enamel.

 

What can dental veneers do?

 

Cosmetic dentists use porcelain veneers to make teeth appear smoother, whiter, and younger. Here are some common ways that our O’fallon cosmetic dentists use dental veneers:

 

·      Veneers can resurface dull, stained, or pitted dental enamel

·      Veneers can close unsightly gaps between teeth

·      Veneers can make a smile appear straight and in proportion

·      Veneers can be used to resurface cracked or chipped teeth

·      Veneers can lengthen or widen the appearance of small teeth

 

As you can see, porcelain veneers can correct a number of cosmetic problems, and best of all they can correct multiple problems in just one or two visits. Say for example, that you’d like a whiter smile and to close gaps between your teeth. You may opt for dental veneers because you can accomplish both of these goals with one treatment, rather than going through years of braces.

 

Every patient needs to find a cosmetic treatment that works for him or her, uniquely. If you’ve been thinking about pursuing dental veneers, give our O’Fallon cosmetic dentists a call for more information at (636) 614-1217. When you schedule a consultation we can discuss your case in more detail and review the treatment timeline. 

Getting quality sleep is an essential component of maintaining overall health. When you sleep your body is able to repair itself and restore vital systems. Sleep apnea patients cannot get restful sleep because they suffer from obstructed nighttime breathing. Many patients stop breathing for extended periods of time at night, and they eventually choke or gasp awake once their oxygen levels dip dangerously low.

 

Untreated sleep apnea disorder can cause a variety of complications and illnesses. Chronic low-oxygen levels combined with poor sleep and elevated adrenaline and stress levels may cause patients to suffer from complications ranging from fatigue to heart disease.

 

Some initial sleep apnea problems are also symptoms or warning signs of the disorder. For example:

·      Fatigue

·      Chronic headaches

·      Memory and concentration problems

 

Over time, untreated sleep apnea begins to damage your overall health. Untreated sleep apnea sufferers are at a higher risk of suffering from:

·      Heart disease

·      Stroke

·      Depression

·      Systemic artery disease

·      Diabetes

·      Cognitive problems

·      High blood pressure

 

These conditions are obviously quite serious. The sooner sleep apnea is effectively treated the less likely it is that you’ll suffer from long-term complications of the disorder. Our O’Fallon sleep apnea dentists are able to treat sleep apnea with unobtrusive, easy to use dental appliances. These appliances restore optimal nighttime breathing, reduce snoring, and help your body get the reparative sleep it needs.

 

If you’ve been suffering from disrupted sleep, chocking or gasping episodes at night, or daytime fatigue and headaches, sleep apnea may be the root problem. If you or someone you know exhibits these symptoms feel free to call our O’Fallon sleep apnea dentists for more information or to schedule an appointment. You can schedule an appointment by clicking here or calling us at (636) 614-1217.

When my patient Lauren came in for her semi-annual visit she had just returned from a wonderful vacation. With a glowing tan, Lauren recounted that she had really enjoyed her trip, but she was so upset when she was flipping through her pictures at home. In ever picture, she complained, her teeth looked kind of yellow and worn down. With a wedding coming up in just a month, Lauren was very motivated whiten and brighten her smile.

 

Lauren’s cosmetic concerns are incredibly common. Our O’Fallon cosmetic dentists explained to her that as people age, their teeth inevitably age and change color as well. Some patients suffer from discoloration due to environmental factors, food, and drinks. Other patients suffer from yellow teeth become their enamel becomes thinner and exposes the darker inner-tooth. Luckily, we now have a variety of cosmetic treatments that can whiten dental enamel and restore a youthful looking smile.

 

Teeth whitening and bleaching treatments are popular among patients of all ages, because they are both quick and comfortable. Bleaching treatments whiten enamel by using hydrogen or carbamide peroxide. Professional, in-office treatments deliver stunning results in just one or two sessions.

 

Dental veneers—thin layers of porcelain that are affixed to the surface of teeth—are often used for patients for whom traditional teeth whitening treatments don’t work. Because dental veneers cover existing enamel, they can in essence resurface any cosmetic problem. Dental veneers can be custom shaded and shaped to fit a patient’s smile and blend with natural teeth.

 

Lauren chose to pursue teeth bleaching treatments, and she is thrilled with the results. We were able to lighten her teeth several shades, and she was ready to flaunt her whiter, younger-looking smile in time for wedding pictures! If you’ve been considering cosmetic dentistry treatment, give our O’Fallon cosmetic dentists a call for more information—(636) 614-1217.

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